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By Marc McLean, local democracy reporter
Community councillors will keep campaigning

CAMPAIGNING community councillors have vowed to keep holding the “powers-that-be” to account over unpopular decisions in Dumfries.

Members of Loreburn Community Council held their 2023 AGM and reflected on some of the biggest issues that have cropped up this year.

Chairman Robin Wishart said: “Looking back over the past year, we can take some pride in the way we have continued to represent the interests of Loreburn residents and raise their concerns.”

Members referred to the “outrageous abuse” of the pedestrianised High Street by irresponsible and inconsiderate drivers. They also hit out over “ill-considered plans” for a car park on the Greensands and the need to restore its neglected old benches.

The campaign to stop the building of up to 400 houses at Ladyfield was also a big issue for the group.

Meanwhile, they paid tribute to the late Joe Craig who put a lot of effort into the campaign, including establishing a new community council for Kingholm. Mr Wishart said: “We have provided a voice and a platform for local residents.

“This is what we exist to do, and we will keep on doing it – especially when the powers-that-be don’t want to listen.”

He thanked retiring member Lorna McGowan, and his predecessor Anne Lindsay and welcomed new faces Karl Drinkwater and Jim Wallace.


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